[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Question about using Legacy for non-family info ... sort of

Sigrid Pohl Perry perry1121 at aol.com
Thu Jan 1 07:24:57 PST 2015


Two SGGEE members have completed extractions from many EWZ films of 
residents in the Lublin area; their work is in the MPD. Another member I 
know has also been working on a couple of films from a village not 
included in those. I ordered and read many EWZ films looking for 
extended family, so am familiar with the process. The Lublin Project 
provided us indexers with records which verified, or disproved, 
information for our families on those films. Now Gary will be faced with 
making the corrections in the MPD which we originally entered into our 
Legacy family files and submitted. You will even find that members of 
the same family provide conflicting information about dates for births 
and marriages and as well as places of residence for remembered events. 
But you are correct that the extended family relationships are clearly 
there and worth mining when no other information is available.

Instead of entering information directly into Legacy, I recommend 
setting up a spreadsheet. I modified the one we were using to index 
Lublin Project records so that I had columns for witnesses and extra 
notes.  It is easy to enter information from the film (or any primary 
record) into the spreadsheet, sort by certain columns, e.g. surname, 
father's name, mother's name, to get family units. If you find 
conflicting information, you can resolve it on the spreadsheet easily 
and add a note. You will find it much easier to add information into 
Legacy by family groups and be less likely to enter errors based on a 
single person's recollection on a Stammblatt.

Please let me know directly if you have further questions. I'll be happy 
to share my spreadsheet model for you to modify as well as give you the 
names of the other members I know who have worked extensively with EWZ 
films for indexing. They may have other suggestions.

Happy New Year!
Sigrid Pohl Perry

On 1/1/2015 8:56 AM, Edie Adam wrote:
> Thanks for answering my question! I agree with you that the EWZ is shaky,
> genealogically speaking. For this village I have in some cases extended
> families with enough detail to check against other records. And then there
> are younger people who were documented without families.
> The oral history I have about this village says many of the people came
> from Volhynia. But the "parent/grandparent" generation would fall in the
> time frame where the St Pete records are not available. In some cases, the
> EWZ information crosses that gap and I may be able to go back in time. I've
> also seen some hints that the same names appear in the same places as my
> family in Volhynia and again in this village. So maybe I can get some clues
> from this exercise.
> ​​
> And it's winter and long, cold evenings are a good time to work on family
> research. :)
> On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 1:54 AM, Gary Warner <garyw555 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Edie,
>> Attached is a screen capture that shows where the Add unlinked individual
>> is located.   The mail list will not get the attachment, but they can find
>> the button in the Add menu.
>> Let's say that you add 100 such unlinked individuals to your database.
>>   The problem is going to be that until you also add the spouses, children
>> and parents of these unlinked persons, you are going to have a very
>> difficult time in correctly merging the unlinked individuals.   The problem
>> is that there is either not enough explicit information given on the
>> individual, or it is almost, but not quite the same.  And then there is the
>> problem with EWZ being recollections of people that had no records to
>> verify the data given.  Family structure is always the best way to
>> determine if people are the same.  That is the same wife with the same kids
>> of the same ages, and same birth places.  Using village names might work in
>> many cases, but EWZ also has plenty of errors on village names.
>> Gary Warner
>> On 12/31/2014 3:11 PM, Edie Adam wrote:
>>> Hello list, so I made the decision to use my $10 off offer and buy Legacy
>>> Deluxe. After seeing the couple webinars at SGGEE conventions, I knew it
>>> would be an interesting challenge to make full use of the fantastic
>>> features demonstrated. :)
>>> But now a question for those who know Legacy inside out. I want to create
>>> a
>>> database of individuals who were born in a specific village and those
>>> related to them based on the EWZ records.
>>> I want to use the software to help me discover relationships among all the
>>> families that are not immediately obvious. For example, is the Jane Doe
>>> born on this date in this family record the same Jane Doe born on the same
>>> date for the other EWZ record?
>>> And I suspect that many of the individuals going back to time may have
>>> started out related to each other or at least always in the same area in
>>> each generation.
>>> Which is a long way of asking how to enter data as individuals without
>>> necessarily establishing familial relationships?
>>> Happy new year to all! And thanks in advance for any assistance.
>>> Edie Adam
>>> Fairfax, Virginia, USA
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